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What Raikkonen and Alonso really want

Silly season was in full swing at Spa, with Raikkonen and Alonso's futures the centre of attention. JONATHAN NOBLE picks through the rumours to separate fact and fantasy

Formula 1 returned from its summer break with tongues wagging in the Spa paddock.

After a couple of weeks' radio silence, when the debate became 'beach or swimming pool' rather than 'prime or option', the rumour mill was back in overdrive as F1 returned to business.

In fact, such was the speed that waves of rumours were moving - remember a lie can spread halfway around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes - that it was hard to keep up with what was real and what was fiction.

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